That is pretty much my opinion on the use of playback by birders who
are just after a tick. If you can't get a tick by unaided birding
trade-craft, well it is just tough luck, better luck next time. The
use of play-back is as bad as using birdlime.
On 10/06/2009, at 12:11 PM, Graham Turner wrote:
I forwarded the original question to a friend who works in wildlife
research who often uses call playback for surveys etc.
" Has anyone out there have any actual evidence that tape playback in
moderation is actually harmful to birds? "
This is a more polite version of his answer.
"A better question is does he have any evidence that it doesn't.
I think I told you before that territorial response in some species,
even natural response can be sufficient to cause nesting to fail. This
has been seen in Boobooks by Olsen and Trost.
The long and the short of it is that 'Twitcher' is not going to
stick around after getting his TICK to see what the effect was. Unless
he is going to stick around and conduct some psychopathology on him.
What does he achieve with playback.
If he is twitching, probably just a TICK.
If he is surveying for a reason he may get useful distribution
If he is studying behaviour or ecology he will probably have just
screwed up a period of his study.
With playback he may have just screwed up someone else's study.
He may have just disrupted a critical phase of breeding.
He may have just damaged someone else's chance of getting a TICK."
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